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When Wendy Geller’s body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,”Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled.” But shy Rain, once Wendy’s best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just “party girl.” As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder.

Starred Review in PW

Fredericks’s haunting psychological thriller is filtered through the watchful eyes of high school student Rain, as she looks into the death of her classmate Wendy, who is found murdered in Central Park the night after a party. Rain’s voice provides an authentic portrait of grief and powerlessness, while Fredericks (Crunch Time) offers profound, provocative commentary on what it means to grow up in the age of Facebook.

Kirkus Reviews
“[B]oth Rain and Wendy emerge as fully rounded, flawed characters that teens will recognize and connect with. A satisfying whodunit with enough clues and red herrings to keep mystery fans happy.”VOYA
“As in her previous novels, Fredericks paints a perceptive picture of teens and their struggles with social pressures. Rain is an interesting protagonist to follow as she tries to overcome her own issues in order to defend her friend who can no longer speak for herself. Fredericks creates believable adult characters as well, which is too often not the case in teen novels. The very real mystery of the story is a riveting background for Rain’s self-struggle, and the plot twists make this a true page-turner. This book will find a ready audience in fans of Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti who are looking for something a bit edgier.”

 “A hold-your-breath pageturner you’ll think about long after it’s done: Fredericks exposes the moral complexities of being a witness in a book that’s both a whodunit and an astute social commentary. The Girl in the Park lets you see the ugly underside of an elite Manhattan private school, but refuses to pass any easy judgements.”
— E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Boyfriend List

Buy The Girl in the Park here.

Leo, Max, Jane, and Daisy don’t have much in common. But when they all blow off their SAT prep in favor of forming their own study group, they actually begin to bond — over why there’s so much competition over a stupid test. And what it really measures, anyway.

Then it’s revealed that someone has cheated on the SATs, and all eyes point to the study group. Everyone knows that Leo can’t stand to lose. That Max is convinced he’s a loser. That Jane couldn’t care less about the whole thing. And that if Daisy doesn’t clinch the right score, forget it — she can’t afford to go to college.

The pressure is on for the cheater to come forward. Who will fess up?

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REALITY? I’d give it a C-.

That’s what fifteen year old Judith Ellis thinks, anyway. Reality is her former best friend not talking to her this year. Reality is her dad living three thousand miles away. Reality is what happened outside 158 West Seventy-first Street, New York City.

To Judith, fantasy rules. Particularly in the Game, which she plays online with a bunch of strangers she knows only as the Witch, the Drunken Warrior, and Irgan the Head Case. In the gaming world it’s strictly alternative identities. No one knows who you are, no one gets too close.

But one player in the Game is coming after her — and he’s a lot closer than Judith guesses.

Close enough to see her, close enough to talk with her,

Close enough to like her.

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Sari and Jess are best friends and total opposites. They’ve liked each other ever since they discovered that they are the only two normal people at Eldridge Alternative. As they prepare to face the trials of ninth grade, Sari is psyched. Jess, not so much. How can she face the Prada Mafia, the most evil clique at school? Or Mr. McGuiness’s unnervingly long nose hair?

What if something really interesting happens to Sari and nothing whatsoever happens to Jess?

Not even Jess can predict the mayhem when Sari falls madly, psychotically in love with David Cole.

David is a senior. David is cool. And he’s been dating Thea Melendez for forever. So he can’t possibly be interested in Sari. Or can he?

Now Jess has a new worry. Because if David is interested in Sari, Sari may not be interested in being Jess’s best friend anymore. Cool is cool and geek is geek, and at Eldridge, the two definitely do not mix.

11 thoughts on “My Books

  1. Brandee Smith says:

    I don’t know if it would ever happen or not, but I’d LOVE to see The Girl in the Park become a movie! Given, most movies don’t do books justice… I think it would make a really great film! I would pay to see it.

  2. Antonia says:

    Hi! i have a few questions i read the book a long time ago and i forgot a couple of things. what is the solution in this book and who killed wendy??????

  3. Ashley Nienhaus says:

    Dear Mariah Fredericks,
    Brilliant, brilliant work. Fabulous. I just finished reading The Girl in the Park literally ten minutes ago and I jumped online to see if there was a sequel. I was disappointed to find out there is not. I could not put this book down! So intense and emotional. Beautifully written. I felt everything Rain was feeling right along with her as she felt it.
    I understand that in the story, Nico was going to write a book called “Falsely Accused”. It would be so cool to be able to hear his side of the story and get to understand Nico and where he comes from a bit better. Just an idea!
    Also, I completely agree with Brandee about how The Girl in the Park should become a movie. I would definitely pay to see this.

    Thank you for your work!

    • Hi, Ashley,

      Well, thank you for such a lovely email! I totally love your idea for writing Nico’s side of the story; not sure my editor would go for it, but maybe I will try it online just for fun. Girl is a very personal novel—I guess all novels are, but given the cleft palate connection, it has a special place in my heart, so it’s wonderful to hear from a reader who responded so strongly. Right now, there aren’t any plans for a movie, but you never know. I hope you’ll check out my next book, Season of the Witch. It comes out in October.

      Thanks so much for writing! Got me away from watching the news which is a real blessing.

      All best,


  4. Alex says:

    I am loving your book, “The girl in the Park.” It is a sad book, but I am loving it.

  5. Roberta Lasky says:

    Is this book based on the Robert Chambers/Jennifer Levin case?

  6. Deana Weber says:

    Your book “The Girl In the Park” was absolutely amazing. I loved it! I think it would make a great movie. My friend recommended for me to read your book and I’m glad I did. You are an amazing author. I was wondering if you have any tips on how to be a great writer, that would be so helpful. I’m very interested in becoming an author one day. Anyways I just wanted to let you know how amazing your book is and how great of a writer you!

    • Thank you so much! I really love hearing from readers, especially when they’ve enjoyed the book. Thank you.

      re: being a great writer. I’m guessing you’re still in school? At that age, I just wrote whatever I wanted which was a good way of finding out what my strengths and weaknesses were. I’ve always been strong in dialogue, not so hot on physical description. I wrote a lot of Star Wars fan fiction, for example. Find a safe place to share your work and get feedback. A friends writers group, a teacher, a school publication. I’ve just discovered Wattpad, but they may have an age limit. Check it out. Also, try to get in the habit of writing every day, even if it’s just a paragraph. The discipline will be useful when you’re writing for a living. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike every time. That’s what rewrites are for!

      Thank you again for the kind words.

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